Maremma Sheepdog

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Breed Group: Not AKC Recognized
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Originating in Italy, the Maremma Sheepdog is a rare working breed. Their solitary function both in the past and today is that of a guardian of flock and property.
The Maremma Sheepdog possesses a majestic appearance, is sturdy, and carries itself with dignity. This breed is large, well-built, and has an aloof expression.
The Maremma Sheepdog breed is a true working breed and is not intended to solely be a pet. This breed is intelligent, independent, and alert. Maremma Sheepdog's are exceedingly adept as guardians of farm, flock, and family. They do well with other dogs and pets, and are extremely attentive to children. They are ever-watchful and bark constantly. Maremma Sheepdog's are loyal, affectionate, and dedicated.
The Maremma Sheepdog breed must have regular brushing to remove loose and dead hair. Extra attention should be given during heavy shedding periods. The ears and paw pads should be checked often for debris. Due to their rarity and selective breeding, the Maremma Sheepdog has no known health issues. They are not suited for warm climates.
This is a double coat breed. The outer coat is long, thick, harsh, and slightly wavy. The under coat is soft and dense. The coat is protective in any type of weather. This Maremma Sheepdog breed sheds heavily twice a year.
Early socialization and basic obedience are recommended. Maremma Sheepdog's regards their master as an equal and a friend. They will not respond to harshness. Training must be done with respect and consistency.
The Maremma Sheepdog breed is not recommended for apartment or city living. This breed requires a rural setting and an inordinate amount of physical exercise and mental stimulation. They do best with room to roam and must have a job to do.
Male: 77-99; Female: 66-88 lbs
Male: 25.5-28.5; Female: 25-27 inches
White: There may be shading of lemon, pale orange, or ivory.
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Expected Budget: Buying vs. Owning in 2022

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How much do Maremma Sheepdog puppies cost?

The cost to buy a Maremma Sheepdog varies greatly and depends on many factors such as the breeders' location, reputation, litter size, lineage of the puppy, breed popularity (supply and demand), training, socialization efforts, breed lines and much more. Review how much Maremma Sheepdog puppies for sale sell for below.

The current median price for all Maremma Sheepdogs sold is $1,600.00. This is the price you can expect to budget for a Maremma Sheepdog with papers but without breeding rights nor show quality. Expect to pay less for a puppy without papers, however, we do not recommend buying a puppy without papers.

Looking for a dog with a superior lineage? Are you trying to determine how much a puppy with breeding rights and papers would cost? You should expect to pay a premium for a puppy with breeding rights or even for a puppy advertised as show quality with papers. You should budget anywhere from $2,900 upwards to $6,600 or even more for a Maremma Sheepdog with top breed lines and a superior pedigree. The average cost for all Maremma Sheepdogs sold is $1,000.

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What can I expect to pay for a puppy?

Median Price: $1,600.00
Average Price: $1,000.00
Top Quality: $2,900.00 to $6,600.00

*Data sourced from the sale of 84 Maremma Sheepdog puppies across the United States on

Annual cost of owning a Maremma Sheepdog puppy

Before buying a puppy it is important to understand the associated costs of owning a dog. The annual cost or "upkeep" is often overlooked when determining a Maremma Sheepdogs true ownership cost. When calculating your budget make sure you account for the price of food, vaccines, heartworm, deworming, flea control, vet bills, spay/neuter fees, grooming, dental care, food, training and supplies such as a collar, leash, crate, bed, bowls, bones, and toys. All of these items can add up quickly so make sure you estimate anywhere from $500 - $2,000 or more for the first year then about $500 - $1,000 or more every year thereafter to meet the annual financial obligations of your growing, loving dog.

Most Popular Maremma Sheepdog Names for 2022

We've compiled the top 20 male and female names for 2017 after analyzing the sale of 84 Maremma Sheepdog dogs.
  • 1. Aaron Lgd
  • 2. Travis
  • 3. Brown Boy
  • 4. Eve
  • 5. Green Boy
  • 6. Jacob Jake
  • 7. Red Boy
  • 8. Thunder
  • 9. Toby
  • 10. Marcus
  • 11. Major
  • 12. Maggie
  • 13. Luke Lgd
  • 14. Little Foot
  • 15. Liter Pup
  • 16. Lgd Pup
  • 17. Jojen
  • 18. Jacob Jake
  • 19. Purple Boy
  • 20. Pink Girl

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2J 2K Ranch
Member Since: September 2016
Location: Springfield, Missouri
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We are now accepting reservations with a deposit for our 2021 Border Collie, Maremma Sheepdog, and Bordoodle puppies. We're a breeder of in-home raised, temperament tested, health guaranteed puppies who will steal your heart and become your next best friend! We're an AKC Bred with Heart Breeder, a Code of Ethics Breeder & a member of the Maremma Sheepdog Club of America, a certified BAB puppy evaluator, members of the American Border Collie Association, the American Kennel Club, and a member of The Missouri Pet Breeders Association. Explore our puppy nursery & learn about our Advanced Puppy Kindergarten, Curriculum, and Evaluations. Our registered Border Collies are DNA tested, OFA and/or PennHIP certified for hips, elbows, patellas, heart, and eyes. Our Border Collies are beautiful, intelligent, well-balanced, and make perfect companions for the active family home. 2J 2K Border Collies are socialized, confident, and happy. Your fur baby will come home with a certificate of health issued by our licensed veterinarian, high-quality puppy food, a toy, treats, a soft puppy blanket, starter leash & collar, microchip, vaccination record, one-month free health insurance, a health guarantee, registration papers, & contract. We will help you choose the right puppy for your needs. Because we handle our puppies from birth, we know them well, and we love to help match each puppy to the perfect home. 2J 2K Italian Maremma Sheepdogs are calm and good-natured around people and pets, yet a fierce protector of their flock. You will find our Maremmas contentedly guarding chickens, sheep, cattle, horses, and guinea fowl. The Maremmas residing on our farm descend from working Italian bloodlines. Our Maremma's do not carry the gene for Degenerative Myelopathy. Their hips are X-rayed, evaluated, and scored with PennHIP and OFA, and they are OFA CHIC certified. They also have elbow and heart certifications with OFA. We carefully chose our Maremmas and traveled extensively, bringing home LGD's from proven working parents. Our male's Dam is a direct Italian import (by a fellow breeder who went to Italy). Our puppies have a low inbreeding coefficient. We strive to preserve the Maremma's future vitality by being conscientious of lineage. 2J 2K Maremma Sheepdogs make beloved livestock guardian dogs. We start our puppies on socialization, potty training, leash training, crate training, and basic commands, using ENS, ESI, Puppy Culture, and the BAB curriculum. Maremma puppies grow up in our home, the barn, sheep pastures, and chicken pen. Please contact us for an application. Delivery Options include picking up your puppy in person, your puppy flying in-cabin with one of our professional flight nannies, or we will personally drive your puppy to you. We’d love to hear from you! Visit our website at,, or to apply for a puppy. Please email us at Thank you!!

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Anonymous asked:
Are llamas, goats, sheep and Maremma dogs safe together?

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The Maremma Sheepdog was bred as a livestock guardian and so do well when properly introduced, socialized and trained to be around llamas, goats and sheep. However, llamas are very protective of their herd and area and are such great protectors that a lot of farmers use them instead of dogs. Due to this, if you already have llamas living with sheep and goats, it is best to introduce a dog slowly as the llama may view the dog as a potential threat.

Anonymous asked:
I'm getting a Maremma Sheepdog and Great Pyrenees mix puppy, no live stock although we plan on chickens. We have 3 acres, two other dogs and four kids. I really want this to work out ok, will she be a good fit? Anything I should look for when picking her up?



The main thing you need to know beforehand is what you want this dog to do and how you want this dog to be a part of the family. The Maremma Sheepdog and the Great Pyrenees are not 'family dogs', meaning that they were bred to work away from humans and be protective of live-stock and property. Although they can be trained and socialized to be a loving companion, the breed has natural instincts to bond with other animals, not humans. Please note that the more time you spend with the puppy, the better he/she will bond to you. But if you allow the dog to spend more time with your other dogs or on the property roaming, then he/she will be more distant. Now distant does not mean aggressive or wary, it just means that the dog will find a job to do on its own if you do not give him/her one.


We have a Maremma and a Great Pyrenees. We got both as puppies to work as 24/7 livestock guard dogs. We have goats and a small farm. After a challenging teenage period between 1-2 years old, they became very effective guard dogs. We have never lost a goat to a predator, and the dogs are well bonded to my husband and I. While they are good with small children, I cannot imagine them ever being house dogs (far, far too independent). These dogs need a job. If you ever want mail delivered or the occasional visitor, I would not recommend having these highly protective dogs in your house.

Anonymous asked:
We recently had to help our 12-year-old Newfoundland over the Rainbow Bridge and want another dog. I saw this breed and think it would be a good fit to our family. We are a retired couple that walks our dogs daily. We also always have our dogs AKC Good Citizen trained. Once or twice a week we would take our Newf to doggy day care (which she loved). Fenced yard, dog door, 2 older cats. Do you think this would be a good fit? Our dogs travel with us whenever possible and we have 40 acres of wooded land where we spend most of the summer.



First off, I am sorry for your loss. In summer, the dog should do just fine at your home, but you must understand the difference between the two breeds. You had a Newfoundland for 12 years and the Newfie breed is very special, they are loyal and loving and very companion oriented. While, the Maremma Sheepdog is not a companion oriented breed of dog. They were bred to work away from humans, to think on their own and to live among livestock. So the Maremma Sheepdog tends to be more aloof with people and they tend to wander as well. I would suggest going to a couple of dog shows or contact a breeder and get some face-to-face time with the breed to make sure it is the one for you.


I agree with that comment. Maremmas are flock guardians and they love their job. I would not keep these dogs in a house environment. I think they would be bored.

Anonymous asked:
My male Maremma Sheepdog is 4 years old, neutered, and is very heavy in his hind quarters and started having trouble pulling himself up. His sister is the same age, but a lot thinner - they both get feed the same - only a small piece of dog roll a day - and a bone with no meat. They run around all day on our 10-acre property - how can I help him lose weight? If I feed him any less he would probably start eating the chicken food.



A grain-free, high quality puppy food is the best thing to feed your dog. Some brands to look at are Acana, Origjn, Taste of the Wild, Life Mates, Now and Go! A good diet will help your dog loose weight. Also, make sure your dog actually does exercise. A dog will not exercise itself. You must make sure your dog does exercise with you.


Green beans added to half their normal amount of food. We give our golden retriever a can twice a day. Dollar general has sales 3 for A dollar. Walmart has them 2 for a dollar.

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What food is best for the Maremma Sheepdog and how often do you feed them?



A grain-free, high quality puppy food is the best thing to feed your dog. Some brands to look at are Acana, Origjn, Taste of the Wild, Life Mates, Now and Go! Feeding your dog twice a day is good.


A protein level of 22 - 26%, with a minimum fat content of 10%. I disagree on the puppy food and on the companies listed above. The protein level is too high in these dog foods. A higher protein level creates a higher drive and a higher risk of development problems. The dog needs a quality dog food, that has meat as the main ingredient. Make sure you feed enough, because a working dog needs more than what the bag states. Body condition is key. Not lean, but not obese either. There should be a good covering of fat over the ribs and hips. More problems happen from UNDERFEEDING - especially with a working dog.

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Updated: 5/21/2022